Even if you live in a zone where dahlias don't grow well, you can still enjoy these vibrant, spiky flowers—by making a few of your own! All you need are five supplies and some very basic sewing skills. In four easy steps, you'll have flowers that stay fresh year-round. Use your finished project to decorate gift boxes and headbands. Another idea: Make a bunch of fabric dahlias and string them on a banner as a party decoration.
Measure and cut a strip of satin to 3 1/2 inches wide and 56 inches long. For a fuller flower, cut a longer strip. For a smaller flower, cut a shorter strip.
Along one side of the fabric strip, cut out narrow triangle shapes about one inch deep. These will form the petals of your flower.
Thread the needle. (If desired, match the color of thread to the fabric for a more natural look.) Sew a loose running stitch along the uncut side of the fabric strip.
Pull the thread through to bunch up the fabric. Arrange the cut "petals" into a pom-pom shape. Knot the end of the thread to secure.